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John Brinck ID # 9522547595 ASTR 100: The Universe Prof Warner 1. Intelligent design is the belief that certain things in the universe could not have been formed through an undirected process (natural selection) but rather are so complex that an intelligent cause must have created it. ID is not considered to be science because it is not well defined, has no testable predictions, and has no falsifiable predictions. Teaching the controversy in a science class isn’t a sensible policy because ID isn’t science, and thus cannot be compared to legitimate science high in the hierarchy of confidence. There is no controversy. 11. There isn’t a solar eclipse every new moon or lunar eclipse every full moon because the plane of the Earth’s orbit and the plane of the Moon’s orbit are not exactly , by about 5 degrees. For an eclipse to occur every new/full Moon, the ecliptic plane and the plane of the Moon’s orbit would have to be at the exact same angle. Line of nodes is the line that the Earth’s orbit and Moon’s
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Unformatted text preview: orbit intersect at. Its relevance is that eclipses can only occur if the Sun lies on or near the line of nodes and if at the same time the Moon lies on or near the line of nodes. 16. By far, Galileo’s work would have largely convinced me that the heliocentric model is correct. This work is the most compelling to me because it proves without a doubt the heliocentric model is correct with some simple observations. He observed that Venus had gibbous phases, and if the geocentric model were correct then these phases would have been impossible to see. Also, he observed moons orbiting Jupiter that behaved exactly like the Copernican model for the motion of planets around the Sun. It also proved other planets could be the center of motion, meaning Earth was not totally unique from all the other planets. 17. c) Day arc at 0° latitude, equator Author: Tau’olunga Day arc at 20° latitude Author: Tau’olunga...
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